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Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 02 Feb 2020
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Coastal Killers

Channel: CBS Justice (DStv 170)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series

Coastal Killers

Perhaps it's the sea air or too much sun.

But despite the jollity associated with sandcastles and ice creams, breezy promenade walks and donkey rides, many British seaside towns have a dubious reputation for hosting the most remarkable crimes.

Some of the most strange and terrifying murders ever recorded in British criminal history have taken place at the famous seaside resorts.

These include the grand hotels playing host to some of the deadliest murderers imaginable, and the seafronts doubling as stalking grounds for the serial killers.
 

Nature's Great Migrations

Channel: SABC3
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Wildlife, Nature, Documentary Series

Nature's Great Migrations

This series follows three iconic animals – caribou, zebra and elephants – on three of the world's most breathtaking migrations.

Each episode focuses on one species, uncovering the forces that compel these animals to risk their lives.

The latest satellite-tagging technology follows the precise journeys of individual animals as they travel hundreds of miles across either the Arctic wilderness or the African bush, allowing us to witness their daily life-and-death decisions first hand.

The series also reveals some remarkable new discoveries – from a previously unknown zebra migration to an emerging elephant society of 'orphan herds' learning critical life skills all on their own.

For the first time, this series offers a complete picture of animal migration – the successes, the failures, and the near misses.
 

The Nineties

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 19h20
Genre: Documentary Series, History

The Nineties

Rarely does a decade begin as dramatically as the 1990s.

The world was just catching its breath after the fall of the Berlin Wall when a series of extraordinary events crowded across the world stage.

The collapse of East European communism, the freeing of Nelson Mandela in South Africa, the reunification of Germany, the Persian Gulf War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

In the United States, the election of Bill Clinton over George Bush signaled a political changing of the guard as the Greatest Generation was ushered aside by the Baby Boomers.

Grunge, Hip Hop and boy bands defined the decade musically as artists like Nirvana, Tupac Shakur and N'Sync provided an almost dizzying variety of music.

And of course, everything from culture to commerce was irrevocably altered as the world went online with the invention of the Internet and the World Wide Web.

AOL sought to connect everyone, Microsoft seemed to dominate the world and Y2K threatened to bring it all to a crashing halt.
 

Call the Midwife 9

Channel: BBC First (DStv 119)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama, Period Drama

Call the Midwife 9

Beginning in January 1965 with the funeral of Winston Churchill, Season 9 sees Nonnatus House entering a bold and innovative era.

But for the midwives, the very fabric of their lives is jeopardised when Nonnatus itself comes under the startling threat of demolition.

As well as tackling sensitive social issues, expect to see more twists and turns in the personal lives of the Nonnatus House favourites, from Valerie coming to terms with her grandmother's imprisonment to Lucille finding romance with Cyril.

Alongside the joy and optimism of birth, the nurses must cope with cases including diphtheria and cancer, as the emotional drama returns.
 

Caribbean Life 13

Channel: HGTV (DStv 177)
TX Time: 20h35
Genre: Reality

Caribbean Life 13

Many people dream of owning a little slice of paradise, so the white sands and crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean make it a popular choice for house hunters.

This series follows families as they leave the US mainland behind and head to the Caribbean to enjoy a different pace of life.

Joined by expert realtors, they search for an affordable property, touring gorgeous homes on tropical shores.

From a couple of nurses seeking a beachfront property in Honduras to a house-flipping husband-and-wife relocating from frigid Minnesota to the Bahamas, this series follows them on their quest for the perfect Caribbean home - at an affordable price.

In the Season 13 premiere, "Trading Scrubs for Wet Suits": A couple that are nurses want to make the scuba diving mecca of Utila, Honduras, their home base.
 

Rooted

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 16h00
Genre: Nature, Documentary Series

Rooted

A five-part series showcasing the hidden worlds that nestle between the branches of five of Southern Africa's most iconic trees: the Camelthorn, Sausage Tree, Outeniqua Yellowwood, the Baobab and the Namaqua Rock Fig.

The Camelthorn in the Kalahari Desert cradles a giant nest, home to a colony of sociable weavers. The Cape cobra raids the nest but luckily the weavers are eager breeders. Spiders, lizards and various insects make this tree their home and hunting ground.

Standing in the heart of the Selinda spillway in Botswana, the Sausage tree with its crimson flowers, seduce birds, insects and animals that in return, pollinate the tree's flowers. Its giant oblong fruit is much sought after on the plains of Selinda.

The Outeniqua Yellowwood towers over the thick indigenous forests of the Soutpansberg Mountains. But her wood is much sought after and her numbers are in decline.

With arm like branches and pot-bellied trunk, the enormous Baobab is home to birds, animals and reptiles. White-backed Vultures nest in the top most branches while the smaller inhabitants make use of the crevices and folds so iconic about this tree.

Elephants rely on the Baobab during times of drought when the tree stores thousands of liters of water in its trunk.

Amongst the rocky slopes in Namaqualand, a Rock Fig has anchored itself into the boulders. It's a green beacon that can be seen for miles in this dry an arid region of South Africa.

But this tree has an incredible relationship with a tiny Fig wasp. Its pollinator. In return, the wasps lay their eggs to hatch inside the Rock Fig's fruit.
 

Meeting Gorbachev

Channel: SundanceTV (DStv 108)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Documentary

Meeting Gorbachev

Based on three long interviews, this doccie provides incredible access to, arguably, the world's greatest living politician.

Now 87 and battling illness, the visionary Mikhail Gorbachev, the former General Secretary of the U.S.S.R, has mellowed and slowed down.

Still, gently but resolutely, he is pushing towards his goals.

Werner Herzog, as on-screen interviewer, does not disguise his affection, celebrating Gorbachev's three remarkable accomplishments: negotiations with the U.S. to reduce nuclear weapons; cessation of Soviet control of Eastern Europe and the reunification of Germany; and the dissolution of the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc.

All of this in six years! One German diplomat sums up Gorbachev's approach: "The process went so quickly that... opponents were overcome by the reality of the situation."

Herzog and Andre Singer remind us of the drastic and unforeseeable way the world changes.
 

Secrets of the Superfactories

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 16h00
Genre: Documentary Series, Technology, Factual

Secrets of the Superfactories

Fast-paced and fact-filled documentary series which lifts the lid on production of some of the world's biggest, greenest and smartest factories around the globe.

The series explores how everything from everyday products to iconic design is made, and takes you into the hidden world of the hyper-efficient and flexible factories of the future.

Featuring factories in Europe, USA and Asia, Secrets of the Superfactories pinpoints the great breakthroughs that have revolutionised manufacturing processes.

The series also looks at the leaps forward in technology that are now underway with breathtaking advances from 3D printing and advanced robotics, to artificial intelligence, wearable devices, and virtual and augmented reality.

The new superfactories are transforming the world we live in and the products that are part of everyday life.

 



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